Talk with your medical staff. Whatever next!

May 28, 2012

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Gee, the Kings Fund produces yet more groundbreaking research. I guess the null hypothesis was: doctors have nothing to do with NHS health care and can make no contribution to deciding what goes on in the NHS.

A UK health think tank says it has produced “compelling evidence” that NHS organisations are safer, more effective, and financially stronger when they “engage” properly with doctors and other staff.

Studies show that performance improves across a range of measures, the King’s Fund says, with fewer errors, lower infection and mortality rates, higher staff motivation, and better experiences for patients.

Chris Ham, the fund’s chief executive, said it was clear that the NHS should give greater priority to involving doctors and other clinicians in decision making and encouraging medical leadership.

BMJ

Post by Jonathan Rees

Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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